About us: Department of Geosciences

Geology and environmental science cover all aspects of planet Earth. Our faculty pursue a range of traditional and contemporary research - from environmental and engineering geology to structural geology, geomicrobiology, economic geology, geophysics, petrology, stratigraphy and paleontology. Ten professors direct approximately 20 graduate students and instruct 80 undergraduates.

A focus within our department is Terrestrial Records of Environmental Change (TREC). This research covers such diverse but related topics as hydrogeology, paleoclimate reconstruction, climate change, glacial geology, modern siliciclastic and carbonate sedimentology, geomorphology, and aqueous geochemistry. We are also a recognized leader in earth science educational research. The Department maintains excellent modern instrumentation for geologic and environmental research. This includes an environmental scanning electron microscope, environmental magnetism laboratory, and a full suite of instruments for aqueous geochemistry.